Thursday, December 12, 2013

A little magic! Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa! Want it? You know what to do!

Twas 6 days before vacation and all through the schools
The kiddos were stirring and trying to follow rules!

The teachers were assessing and helping kids out
Create ornaments for parents that will make them SHOUT!

You got it friends!! We are trying to finish up all our assessments this week, so that we can really enjoy our kiddos next week!

We are so excited about all the ornaments and treats the kids are making for the their parents! After we finish our ornaments we will post pictures!

Want to create a little magic for your kiddos!! Well, we have been doing this for several years and it is awesome! Our kiddos write letters to Santa. Then we mail them to Santa (a local middle school class who answers our letters).

So, Mrs. Darby Jones at a local middle school has her students write responses to our kiddos' letters. We had our kids write about their behavior, what they want, and ask Santa a question.
The responses we get never promise to get the students what they want, but acknowledge our students' behavior, answer any questions and promise to do their best to get what they want. All the letters are signed differently. Santa, elves, reindeer, and Mrs. Claus all help answer our kids' letters.

The best part is the day of our holiday party, I wet and freeze a stocking with the response letters rolled up inside. Then around our party time, the principal or assistant principal will deliver the frozen stocking and say that she heard jingle bells and went outside to check it out. Then she will say that she found the stocking and it is still cold and icy. We let all the kiddos feel the stocking!! It is awesome!!

If no time to try it this year, maybe next year!


We can't wait to start using our newest pack! It is called Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa Literacy Activities and Emergent Readers! Check it out below.

We created this pack so that we could add some leveled readers to our kiddos book boxes that give students information about the different holidays that people celebrate around this time of year (Even though Chanukah came super early this year).

We will also work on some informational writing pertaining to the holidays! Why not throw something HOT in by comparing the holidays!!

We think the kiddos will be more motivated to work if we are working on what they are thinking about, talking about and dreaming about!!

So everything will still be very academic, but very fun!

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think. If you have any suggestions about how to make this pack better or more useful, we would love the feedback.

Don't forget to leave your email address just in case we want to send you this pack!!
Thanks for reading! Have a great week before vacation!


  1. This pack looks great! I'm always looking for some new, fun ideas for teaching about these December holidays!

  2. Love, love the single page emergent readers! We have a copy limit at our school, so we have to be careful of the number of copies each month. Single page books are wonderful! :)

  3. These things are so great! Thanks for sharing your ideas! :)

  4. Thanks so much friends for the comments!! Sending it to all of you!! Hope you have a great holiday!!!